Q&A with Holly Mitchell with Newton County Food Basket Brigade for 1 Million Meals

Thursday, April 20 at 05:55 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Newton County Food Basket Brigade, one of our 72 food partners, has been serving people in Neosho, Mo., for 29 years. We’re happy to be working with them for our seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals for the children, elderly and others in need across our footprint.  

Holly Mitchell, treasurer at the Newton County Food Basket Brigade, graciously offered to do a Q&A with us, so we could learn more about her and the organization.

What’s your involvement with Newton County Food Basket Brigade, and how did you get started?
I have been the treasurer for the Newton County Food Basket Brigade (NCFBB) for the last two years. Having grown up in Neosho and worked in Neosho all my life, I have been familiar with the NCFBB since its inception over 20 years ago. A friend was the treasurer but needed to step down due to family commitments. Knowing I had a finance background, she suggested I join the board, and I am very thankful I did. I receive all the monetary donations, make the deposits, pay the food vendors, pay the operating expenses (we keep this to a bare minimum) and keep the organization in good standing. The NCFBB solely relies on volunteers; there are no paid employees.  

What’s a compelling experience you’ve had during your time with Newton County Food Basket Brigade?
As a volunteer at the food distribution, I get to personally interact with the recipients of the food baskets. The food distribution is set-up in an assembly line formation, with each family receiving a certain amount of food from each station. I was in charge of giving them boxes of stuffing and pasta for them to prepare at home this year and my son helped with cake mix/frosting. And this was a great experience for my son. He loved helping to fill the baskets and worked the entire day. He told me he certainly wants to help again!

You can tell the families are genuinely appreciative of what we are doing to help them. The families are provided an approximate two-week supply of nourishing food. For most, this is the best food they will have all year.  

How can people get involved with Newton County Food Basket Brigade? 
The NCFBB is all about volunteers! Again, there are no paid employees, just volunteers. We have one meeting the first week of November to start things off to coordinate the fundraising/food collection/distribution. It is a wonderful, efficient group of people to work with! To get involved, those that are interested may contact our president, Terry Cook, at neoshowildfire@yahoo.com or me at hmitchell@ncat1.com. The Newton County community has been very generous to donate its time, food products and funds to make this an extremely successful program. The NCFBB is very, very thankful for its community.

We’d love to have you involved in our 1 Million Meals initiative to help the Newton County Food Basket Brigade and our other food partners.  

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